Ambode, Bello, Other Governors Congratulate Buhari

Buhari Re-Elected President For Next Four Years
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Some governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on their re-election into office.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said that their Victory was well deserved.

According to Governor Ambode, the victory was not just a confirmation of the people’s love for President Buhari, but an attestation that Nigerians were happy with the progress the Federal Government has made in the last four years.

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“Let me join millions of our loyal party faithful in the State and across the country to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo for their resounding victory at last Saturday’s polls. This is indeed a historic moment because Nigerians have used their votes to show Mr. President that they are happy with the progress the country has made on several sectors of the polity.

“This is a victory for democracy; it is a victory for good governance and a clear statement from Nigerians that they are ready to move to the next level with President Muhammadu Buhari.”

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello in his congratulatory message said that Government at state and federal levels have acted substantially in line with their mandate.

“We as Government have done our best to complement your aspirations by placing the credibility and integrity of the electoral system above any desires to win every contested seat, and by all available means.

“Despite initial teething pains and some malignancy in the campaigns, we did our best to provide the secure and conducive atmosphere needed by our people to exercise their franchise freely”.

While the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, said the Nigerian electorate has demonstrated that given a choice, they would readily choose a sincere leader who cares for their wellbeing above other considerations.

“No doubt, it has been a very tough battle, but the people of Nigeria have spoken in clear terms. They have chosen to reward Mr President’s sincerity of purpose with another term of office.

“Regardless of what anybody might say, the Nigerian electorate has demonstrated a high level of sophistication. They have shown that they have the capacity to sieve through electoral promises and determine a leader that will serve their interest better”.

President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was in the early hours of Wednesday declared winner by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu polling a total of 15,191,847 to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got a total of 11, 262,978.

God Has Sent Buhari To Save Nigeria, Says Kogi Governor

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

 

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has called on Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari who according to him, was sent by God to save the nation.

He made the appeal on Monday while inaugurating a central mosque in Okene Local Government Area of the state.

“We should live together in peace and support President Muhammadu Buhari who God has sent to us to save this country and he is doing an excellent job,” he said.

Addressing supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor also reiterated his administration’s commitment to fulfilling its promises.

He said, “We should all rally round him (President Buhari) and rally round this particular administration in Kogi State because we are doing our best and shall deliver on all our promises”.

Speaking further, Bello warned politicians in the state against violence, as the 2019 general elections draw close, adding that such will not be tolerated.

He also urged the youths to avoid being used by politicians as thugs during elections.

I Was In Kano When Senator Ogembe Was Attacked, Says Bello

File photo: Governor Yahaya Bello

 

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has denied any involvement in the attack on the senator representing Kogi Central, Mr Ahmed Ogembe.

Senator Ogembe was said to have arrived in the state last week and organised an empowerment programme which was disrupted by some hoodlums.

Governor Bello, who condemned the attack on Thursday, faulted allegations that he masterminded the incident, saying he wasn’t in Kogi the day it happened.

“First of all, on that day, I was in Kano,” he said in a phone interview on Politics Today. “I had just received a message of a senator coming home to do empowerment; the next thing was the crisis that ensued.”

 

Amid the political crisis in the state, the governor said the police have begun investigations into the incident while a lot of arrests have been made.

Reacting to the lingering disagreement between him and another lawmaker in Kogi, Senator Dino Melaye, Governor Bello blamed the rift on his refusal to waste the available scarce resources of the state.

“We are aware of a particular senator who wants elephants to be shared in Kogi State and I refused.

“The people of the state must have value for the lean resources that we are generating, and we are receiving; if that is his problem, so be it,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, some senators had reportedly accused the governor during plenary of introducing policies that could degenerate into a political issue if not properly handled.

He, however, took a swipe at the lawmakers for failing to address national issues such as passing the 2018 Appropriation Bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly in November 2017, among several others.

In his words, Governor Bello said: “We have some (men) who are just making the Red Chamber a laughing stock. We have a national budget – up till now, no mentioning of it.

“We have a lot of appointments made by the Federal Government into various parastatals and agencies of government. Today they are lying in the minutes, none is being cleared and several other issues. So when we are talking about threats to democracy, I think they should ask themselves.”

Bello Seeks Creation Of Rehabilitation Centre For Looters

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State wants President Muhammadu Buhari to establish a rehabilitation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The move, he stated, was to reform politicians who have siphoned the state resources over the years.

Bello made this known in Lokoja, the state capital while addressing some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state on the way forward.

While describing the action of the politicians as being worse than the menace of Boko Haram, the governor insisted that they needed to be rehabilitated.

The governor believes that the President should run for a second term as the people of the state and other states would vote massively for him.

The state Chief Executive blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the alleged misfortune they have brought to the country.

To Bello, it is only the leadership of Buhari that can salvage the nation out of poverty.

Bello Presents N147.82bn ‘Budget Of Sustainable Growth’

Bello Presents N147.82bn 'Budget Of Sustainable Growth’

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has presented a budget of about N147.82 billion for the 2018 fiscal year.

Governor Bello presented the appropriation bill tagged ”Budget of Sustainable Growth” on Friday at the Kogi State House of Assembly in Lokoja, the state capital.

Addressing the lawmakers, he said recurrent expenditure gulps N63,829,361,233 representing 43.18 per cent while the capital expenditure is N83,998,498,261 which represents 56.82 per cent, putting the total figure of the budget at N147,827,854,494.

According to the governor, the administration sector takes N44,918,382,654 while economic sector was allocated N59,274,019,991, just as law and justice take N5,772,179,162 and the social sector gets N37,863,272,684.

He said the budget has a total estimated recurrent of N88,584,787,658 which consists of N33,661,542 from internal sources while the sum of N30,809,657,108 would be obtained from the Federation Account and the sum of N12,247,564,141 would be realised from the value added tax.

Governor Bello added that N5,333,501,351 would be gotten from excess crude, the sum of N4,154,334,112 from exchange differentials, and N2,378,188,404 from budget augmentation.

He also reviewed the 2017 Budget and informed the lawmakers that the total budget package was N185,057,744,523 for both recurrent and capital expenditure.

He said the total recurrent revenue approval for 2017 was N87,716,212,024, out of which he noted that the sum of N42,172,456,776 was realised as at the end of September, representing 48.08 per cent performance.

President Buhari Meets With Governor Bello In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja.

The President received the governor at the State House in the Federal Capital territory, few days after he met with the governors of Anambra and Oyo states, Willie Obiano and Abiola Ajimobi.

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Earlier meetings with Obiano and Ajimobi

President Buhari Meets With Governor Obiano on October 3
President Buhari Meets With Governor Obiano on October 3
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President Buhari Meets With Governor Ajimobi on October 10

Melaye Accuses Bello, INEC Of Plot To Force Him Out Of Senate

Melaye Accuses Bello, INEC Of Plot To Force Him Out Of Senate
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The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye, has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of planning to force him out of the Senate.

Senator Melaye made the allegation on Monday in a statement, shortly after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the electoral body to continue with the process of recalling the lawmaker.

“These combined efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello, INEC, top Federal Government officials and top security agents to harangue and stamp me out of the Senate against the will of Kogi West constituents will fail woefully,” he said.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, had in his ruling, directed INEC to go ahead with recall process subject to the service of the petition, the full list and signatures of persons in support of the recall.

Melaye, who seemed not to be bothered by the ruling, asked his supporters not to be troubled either, saying the truth would prevail.

“My great people of Kogi West Senatorial district of Kogi State, in the face of obvious persecution and appealable judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, today (Monday), let not your heart be troubled,” he said.

“Lies will never overtake or conquer truth. The presence of the Kogi State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in court today over a matter that Kogi State is not joined as a party shows the clear collaborative efforts of INEC and Kogi State government.”

Senator Melaye further said “I will not stop speaking truth to authority”, noting “Kogi State government must pay workers’ salaries and pay pensioners”.

“We cannot all sleep facing one side of the bed, we shall overcome these temporary shenanigans in the long run. We will neither sleep nor slumber on this.”

“I use this opportunity to thank my dear constituents for their abiding love for and confidence shown towards me,” he added.

Gov. Bello Promises To Revamp State Owned Tertiary Institution

The Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has assured the people in the state that his administration would revamp the tertiary institutions and ensure that qualified graduates that are capable will be employable.

Governor Bello gave this assurance during at the Attah of Igala’s palace in Idah during his tour on the tertiary institutions owned by the state.

He promised to make learning more conducive and affordable in Kogi state.

On his part, the Royal Father commended him for the visit and lauded all the ongoing project constructed by the governor, noting that the Igalas have never had it so good.

The governor complained of the rot and infrastructural decay in the education sector.

He said the visit was meant to interact with different stakeholders on various challenges facing the institution in the state and find a lasting solution to the industrial action embarked upon by some staff.

The governor and the Attah of Igala visited the zonal hospital in Idah to see some of the patients were presently free medical treatment of all ailment in ongoing courtesy of the Kogi state government.

Roads constructed in four Local Governments were inspected.

The governor in his speech said he has given clemency to all earing staff who were affected during the staff audit ordered the accountant general to pay all their salaries and arrears within the next 48 hours and gave reasons why they have to embark on the staff screening.

Faleke Vows To Appeal Tribunal’s Judgment

James-FalekeReactions have continued to trail the judgment of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed a petition filed by Mr James Faleke, challenging the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Monday after the Tribunal’s verdict, Mr James Faleke announced plans to appeal the judgment.

He said: “One thing I can say is that the judges have delivered their own judgment.

“I am going to consult my own lawyers and I am very certain that we will appeal the judgment.

“I think that there are certain sections of the judgment that I have seen on the Tv.

“I am not a lawyer, but I believe it is not in tune with our constitution.

“That I don’t have locus standi, is very interesting.

“It is interesting to say that a candidate that is empowered by the constitution does not have a locus standi,” Mr Faleke stated.

He said the Tribunal erred in law by dismissing his petition without examining the whole merit of his case.

“The judgment said that the party had the right to choose a candidate, but only limited to a period before the election.

“If it is before the election, which of the elections are they referring to?” he questioned.

Mr Faleke further pointed out that the judges did not look at the main subject of his petition.

He was the running mate of Mr Abubakar Audu, the initial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Kogi State governorship election.

Mr Audu was leading in the election before he died a day after the election was held.

He was, however, replaced with My Yahaya Bello, a decision that Mr Faleke strongly opposed, refusing to be the running mate of Mr Bello.

After Mr bello was sworn in as Governor, he filed a petition, claiming he was the right candidate to take over late Audu’s position.

Victory For Democracy

Meanwhile, Governor Bello, shortly after the declaration by the Tribunal, described his victory as divine and a victory for democracy and the people in the state.

He further told the political class in the state to join hands with him in building a virile state that would match other states.

The Governor also said that the victory was not a surprise, as it was destined by God.

 

“It is significant, as it came on the first day of Ramadan.

“Well, everybody has the right. Just like he has the right to go on the Tribunal, he has the right to go and appeal up to Supreme Court level.

“But I am only extending my hands of fellowship to him to come over. There is a lot to be done, both in the state and the National Assembly, instead of washing our dirty linen in the public,” Governor Bello reiterated.